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if you are in public service, try to leave government more credible than how you found it when you got there. telling us what exactly the nsa does might be a nice next step, you guys. good tuesday morning. right now on "first look," the west continues to be a tinderbox as crews battle on. caroline kennedy's personal financial records released for the first time. james dimaggio leaves life insurance money to hannah anderson's family. legendary dick vandyke survives an accident. prince will criminal dwush william gushes about baby george. david beckham gets back to business and the marine gets the ncaa to bend. good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. we start in the west where it's man versus nature. firefighters report some progress in that massive growing wildfire in central idaho.
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the flames are threatening at least three communities, forcing thousands to flee. jay gray reports from near the fire line in haley, idaho. >> reporter: the fight against the beaver creek wildfire continues for a 13th day this morning in the idaho mountains. the massive blaze fanning out in several directions right now, pushed by strong winds and with no shortage of dried out brush for fuel. it's just an extended drought. it's been hot, it's been dry. the vegetation here is extremely dry. it's a perfect firestorm. >> reporter: 2,300 families have been evacuated and more than 7,000 now told to pack and be ready to leave in a moment's notice. >> it's a little unnerving, a little unsettling. >> reporter: an uneasy feeling thousands are dealing with across the west. more than 40 wildfires are burning out of control, more than 30 of those sparked by lightning in a region where they've seen at least 600 strikes in the last 24 hours.
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>> the erratic conditions out here and the erratic fire behavior. >> reporter: unpredictable conditions, crews in the air and along the front line around the clock. jay gray, nbc news, haley, idaho. there's another fight brewing across the country. some congressional republicans are trying to ramp up national support to defund obamacare. there are town halls in at least nine states. melissa is live in washington with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, mara. nice to see you. nine cities in 11 days. some wondering if the tour is headed in the right direction. >> this is an urgent time to stop what we think is a very destructive law. >> after a kickoff last night in arkansas, the town hall road show rolls on. next stop, dallas.
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>> there is no more important regulatory reform we can do than to reveal every single word of obamacare. >> senator cruz and the heritage foundation hoping to whip up enough support to gut president obama's affordable care act. >> the one unifying principal in the republican party is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> this as a potential government shutdown looms, whether government funding and health care funding should be linked. will these town halls help republicans gain momentum? >> we're here, we're loud, we're proud and we're going to fight tooth and nail to make sure congress stops this. >> two groups are spreading the word in town halls and others are spreading the word in tv ads like this one. fears among some republicans that this could backfire, losing support for a republican party trying to rebuild itself.
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>> shutdowns are not good a move at all. i think most americans are center right like we are and want limited government. >> now, after dallas, the tour mostly hits the eastern part of the country. it wraps up next week, next thursday in wilmington, delaware. now we turn to egypt where jailed ex-president hosni mubarak could be freed. prosecutors ordered his release. it's unclear when or if he would be set free after two years in detention. mubarak was ousted from power in the february 2011 revolution. he was found guilty last year of failing to stop the killing of some 900 protesters in the 18-day uprising. but he has secured a retrial for that conviction. this news comes on the heels of persistent and deadly clashes and word that the leader of the muslim brotherhood was arrested. defense secretary chuck hagel says the u.s. is reviewing every aspect of our relationship with
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egypt. >> our ability to influence the outcome in egypt is limited. it's up to the egyptian people. and they are a large, great sovereign nation. an unprecedented move in pakistan. the former military dictator is facing murder charges stemming from a 2007 assassination of prime minister bhutto. prosecutors say musharraf committed terrorism by aiding in the killing. he's plead not guilty. bhutto was killed during a gun and bomb attack during a 2007 rally. prosecutes say musharraf failed to prevent her assassination. dick vandyke survived a close call monday. the 87-year-old actor was reportedly slumped over the
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steering wheel when a passerby pulled him from a burning car. the california highway patrol determined he sustained no injuries. it's possible that a flat tire may have ignited and caused that huge blaze. showing his trademark sense of humor about the whole situation, vandyke tweeted this photo with the caption, used jag for sale, real cheap. new reaction to last night's new york city appealing of the ruling to ban stop and frisk policy. ben jealous said this is a national issue. >> this is the biggest racial profiling program in the country, biggest local profiling program in the country, maybe in the world. mayor bloomberg has become its biggest evangelist, he tried to get the mayor of san francisco to replicate his program. now he's trying to switch pr tactics. and the mayor said thank you, you but no. because it is just a phenomenal
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waste of resources and it's not effective. >> and you can catch all in with chris hayes week nights on msnbc. here is your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. vice president joe biden went to houston monday with his son, beau, for medical tests. beau was hospitalized for weakness and disorientation after a long vacation drive. three years ago he suffered a mild stroke. caroline kennedy has revealed financial information for the first time. for her nomination to be ambassador to japan, kennedy filed documents that show her personal fortune could be between $250 million and $500 million. republican senator ted cruz of texas is dealing with questions with his birth place and whether he's eligible to run for president. he releaseded his birth certificate which shows he was born in alberto, canada.
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he was renounce canadian citi n citizensh citizenship. >> i was born in canada. my mother is a u.s. citizen. she was born in wilmington. lived most of her life in the u.s.. so i'm a citizen by birth. those are the facts of my birth and i'll let other people worry about the legal consequences. embattled san diego mayor bob filner supporters came out of the woodwork monday. he's supposedly talking about a possible settlement with gloria allr allred. former secretary of state hillary clinton -- that looks like a dog. okay. here is chris christie. reportedly she's against the mini series about her life because it's more likely to hurt than help a presidential campaign. new jersey governor chris christie signed a bill that bars licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. he believes people are born gay and that it's not a sin. bill clinton and jimmy
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carter will attend next week's 50th anniversary of the "i have a dream" speech. president obama and his family adopted a water dog, she's a female, bo's new companion is named sunny because of her cheerful personality. she looks like a happy girl. and this is your morning dish of scrambled politics. a little bit of scrambled video in there, too. now for a look at the weather, here is bill karins. >> nothing will phase you. it's 88 and sunny and you're in your glory. >> there you go. >> fire still the big story. it was 95 degrees, windy. almost 2,000 firefighters, like a little mini army trying to fight the fire in rural sections of idaho. so we wish those men and women the best out there. again over 100,000 acres, only 9% contained. a lot of work ahead of them. thankfully the forecast will help. 83 today. yesterday it was 95.
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it will be partly cloudy, of course there's a lot of smoke and hayes in tze in the air. not a lot of rain in the forecast, but it will help a little bit. and as we've been talking, all the warm hot air in the west yesterday is slowly sliding east. yesterday it warmed up st. louis, kansas city, chicago, the great lakes, ohio valley. and then finally today, northeast and mid-atlantic will warm up. there will still be clouds and showers and storms in the southeast, but it won't rain more day. more typical garden variety afternoon storms. it's been so cool for so long that 88 will feel hot. >> and generally the middle of august, that's pretty typical. >> yeah, it's not even that humid considering what we could be this time of year. >> thanks so much, bill. a man found dead from a gunshot wound at olivia newton john's florida home. new details on the prince, the duchess and the real rascal that rules royal roost, prince george, of course. plus a 1300 pound man is helped
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to other stories. prince harry visited an gore i can't where towns are still littered with live land mines. he was following in the foot steps of his late mother diana. prince william and duchess kate released the first family portraits monday giving us a look at sleeping prince george, something william says is rare. >> he's a little bit of a rascal, we'll put it that way. he's a fighter and doesn't want to go to sleep that much. which is a little problem. an unidentified man was found dead inside the south florida home of olivia newton john and her husband. initial reports say the man appears to have been killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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newton john and her husband are currently out of town. a 1300, yes, 1300 pound man in saudi arabia had it to be air lifted to a hospital for treatment monday, but not before a forklift removed him from his home. the whole process was paid for by the saudi king. and bizarre money meets crime story. james dimaggio, the fubgitive wo died in a shoot outafter kidnapping hannah anderson, left $112,000 in life insurance to hannah's grandmother. and now for your first look at business. we turn to seema mody. good morning. >> good morning. futures right now are lower after stocks nell for a fourth straight day. treasury bond yields hit a two year high undercutting stocks on rising concerns higher borrowing costs. if and when the fed raises interest rates could hurt will the economy. and the number of students receiving financial aid has
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risen. 71% of all undergrads got some type of aid in the 2011 to 2012 school year. up from 66% four years earlier. more than 40% are receiving federal loans and grants. and the new iphone may be worth its weight this gold. reports say apple will offer a gold tone version of the next iphone, which is expected to be unveiled next month. it's the first new color for the device in years which currently comes in just black and white. >> all right. all gold everything. thanks. coming up, richard lui is here with all your sports highlights. we'll have the latest in sports. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. ing. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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allstate sends a check. silence. are you in good hands? it's time for the first look at sports. and for that, richard lui has all the headlines. >> it was a bittersweet win for the redskins. here is the sweet. ben roethlisberger throwing this interception. he's so happy. hey, why not. dunk it over the cross bar. later this one hander by the redskins, the bitter now. backup qb gets injured. washington 24-13. rockiesphillies. dollar for dog night. i'll take eight or ten is what he was saying. make that three for me says john mayber mayberry.
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sets up the win 5-4. five years in the marines, now all steven rhodes wants is to play college football. the middle tennessee state freshman was ineligible because he played in the marine corps. only it was just a recreational league. now the ncaa says he can practice. the university president hopes for a full reversal for the married father of two. so do we, of course. here is more military bravery. a soldier jumps 217 feet from the liberty memorial in missouri. this was a tribute up to the world war centennial. and then a diver left 75 feet from a helicopter into new york harbor. why? >> i think jumping into the head son may be who are dangmore dan the actual fall. >> it was to promote the cliff diving world series. >> beautiful dive. >> don't tell these 195 flyers fans that hockey season is over. oh, no, it's not. they were in philadelphia to
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watch logos on the ice get painted over. >> they got a little bit of time on their hands. what they were trying to do is break a record for the most people watching paint dry. what are you doing? and why, oh, why did nfl star barry sanders retire? >> well, guys, the real reason i retired is because i -- >> i just love commercials like this. the pepsi max commercial is basically saying that sanders will appear in a new video game, the upcoming ea sports madden. so disappears in real life and appears in the video game. >> i honestly didn't get it. i was going to let it go. thanks so much. time for our first look at today's top political stories. and now i'm joined by a republican strategist and contributor to the daily caller. good morning. we have a little 2016 theme going on here this morning.
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so ted cruz has announced that he'll renounce his canadian citizenship shortly after learning that he even had it because he released his birth certificate presumably to stoke the controversy. did it backfire on him? >> absolutely. it has an amateurism smell about it. the bigger problem is that he may have a legal challenge to his ability to be challenge. but he doesn't really have sxers. he's a freshman senator. she concentrate on his time in the senate, try to work up a record. and then run for president. rather than be using his first couple years to run for president. we already saw how badly that turned out when a young senator won in 2008. >> badly for your side. >> from high pmy perspective. >> chris christie is expected to win re-election. last time around, the gop had a little bit of trouble getting the conservatives behind mitt romney. are they facing the same kind of battle with christie?
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>> first of all, mitt romney did win the prime aertsz and taries. christie is a stronger candidate. he has the charisma that romney was never able to muster. and second of all, as a governor of new jersey, chris christie has shown the ability to be a true conservative, true republican by also working with people across the aisle with democrats and he'll be able to attract a lot of democrats. chris christie is a serious contender for 2016. in my mind he's the leader right now of the pack. >> thanks so much for your perspective. well, coming up, bill karins and richard lui will be here for first buzz. we'll tell you about the stories that caught our eyes this morning. my mother made the best toffee in the world.
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time for first buzz, all the stories we're talking about this morning. as we mentioned, the white house has a new pup and you have a little bit of history on presidential pets? >> a little bit. do you know that of the last 15 presidents, every single one has had a dog. and of course this is the video here of sunny, the new one in the white house. these door rooz vel theodore roosevelt had five living at the white house and a pony. of course that was like 100 rears ago. calvin coolidge was the last one not to have a dog. he had a cat. and i don't know if they thought about the name well enough. sunny and bo. if they get in trouble, you'd be like sunny and bo no.
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>> i don't know if they thought about that. speaking of presidents, scored a big interview for world humanitarian day 2013 with beyonce and they talked about world humanitarian issues. he said he was so excited he could die. and beyonce before he left made sure that he sealed things with a kiss. very cute moment. >> what can that guy not do. >> are we best friends? >> only if i get a kiss on the cheek. >> okay. >> come on, come on, come on. thank you. >> even beyonce hater has to admit it was a wonderful moment. and cliff diving. >> yeah, how can i follow that up. there was a diving contest.
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this guy diving off 50 feet. this bridge goes back to the era of the romans. even a 75-year-old guy was diving there. >> amazing. thanks, guys. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, "way too early" starts right now. i have not been the recipient of sloppy kisses. and i have met mr. filner on many occasions. there are others who are. but i've never had that opportunity. >> what a sloppy situation in san diego. mayor bob filner supposedly goes back to work at least for now. actually feels like a bizarro news day. ted cruz no longer a canadian. of course i'll explain. and alex rodriguez may be getting big hits with the yankees, but he's still taking big swings a


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